SXSW Review: The Zombies, March 15, Stubb’s


Ten years ago, The Zombies made their first trip to Austin for the 2013 edition of SXSW. I saw them that year, and was impressed that this band that has been around since the early 1960s were making their way from showcase to showcase like a band of hungry young twentysomethings rather than established legends of the early British rock scene. Clearly they must have enjoyed it though, as they returned a couple of years after that and were back again this year, with a new documentary on the band airing as part of the festival and with an upcoming new album, Different Game, due out later this month.

Alongside a handful of other shows this week, the band played a headlining set at Stubb’s on Wednesday night, running through a set full of classics like “Tell Her No”, “Care of Cell 44″ and “She’s Not There.” I took note of the fact that, ten years after seeing them for the first time, singer Colin Blunstone still sounds fantastic. A lot of singers seem to lose a bit of range after many years in the game, but Blunstone can still belt out those tunes much like he did in his younger days.

So yeah, to borrow a phrase from their 2015 album, The Zombies have still got that hunger. Or, to borrow a phrase from John Wick, the latest edition of which also premiered at SXSW, I’m thinking The Zombies are back. And they still sound pretty great.

Posted on by Paul in South By Southwest

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